JONESBORO, Ark. – A couple who were visibly shaken during a traffic stop had reason to be, the Jonesboro Police Department report indicates.
At 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, Officer Austin Morgan reported seeing a Chrysler van run a stop sign south bound across Washington on Mcclure. The officer caught up with the vehicle and as soon as he did, it pulled into a residential parking lot, the report said. The officer made contact with the driver, Andy Thomas, 38, of Jonesboro, and explained the stop. He reported Andy initially claimed he lived there but when the officer asked what address, the man said he actually lived in the county.
“I suspected that Mr. Thomas had pulled into the residence to try to elude my presence,” Morgan said. “I suspected that Mr. Thomas was doing this because he was involved in some sort of criminal activity. Both Andy and his passenger, Misty (Dawn) Thomas, (39, of Jonesboro) were visibly shaking and sweating profusely. Due to their sweating and erratic behavior, I suspected that the two were under the influence of methamphetamine.”
Thomas admitted to having a suspended license, the report said. When the officer asked why he was so nervous, Thomas reportedly admitted to a joint in his center console. The officer radioed for assistance and ran the two through dispatch. He also had both Andy and Misty step out of the car.
He learned Andy had a warrant out of Greene County. He was placed into custody. The officer then noticed Misty was still very nervous and walking as if she was concealing items in her groin area. Morgan asked for Officer Kiandra McCain to perform a search.
The female officer located a pill bottle in her pants. Inside of it were five different bags containing a total of 6.8 grams of meth, 11 Xanax pills and 0.6 grams of weed. Misty was placed into custody, as well, charged with possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of a schedule VI substance. Andy was cited for possession of the weed, a suspended driver’s license, fictitious tags and running a stop sign.
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